Cane And Ebel | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Cane And EbelCane And Ebel

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm Sugar and the spicy tang of Rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an Orignal. And that’s no Sin.

IBU: 68

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Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Map Room

Pours dark with a small head that doesn't quite cut it. Still, nice and dark with good lacing.

Smells like very dark, rich hoppy rye. Resin, pot, dirt, and grapefruit. Class.

Oh--it tastes great! Potting soil moving into tasty, tasty pine and citrus hop, ending with a great kick of sweet malt.

And layered and perfectly balanced rye that kicks your ass but doesn't hurt you. It loves you too much to leave a mark.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nearly fell over when I saw this one at Black Lick. I have been looking for this one for way too long after splitting one with my good buddy Paul, who I shared a few drinks with at Sharp Edge Creek.

A. Beautiful cranberry red, with some rusty copper tones. At pour, a gorgeous soft white head, that I wish would stick around a little longer.

S. Tons of grains, some slight caramel malts, red cherries, cranberries, and just the right amount of rye. It blends together very nicely to provide a soothing floral and earthy smell.

T. Incredibly clean and crisp all the way through. Nice caramel and sharp cranberry flavors. Great hops come through as the rye kicks to end this beer in a very satisfying manor. This beer is very sharp and refreshing.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Belgian tulip glass.
Cast in a dark, plummy hue, transparent, when held to the light, but otherwise significantly hazy. A plump and stable serving of creamy froth sits atop.

Big, wicked sweetness jumps out from the start. Rye + Sugar = guess what? Deeply, darkly fruity, very similar to a barleywine. Cherries dunked in brandy.

Sleek and supple once on the palate, fairly thick and clinging. Fills the mouth and spreads this tasty blend of grain, fruit, and a dry sweetness. Terribly unique.

Despite it's initial girth, Cane and Ebel finds itself a sophisticated, yet relaxing ale, with many mysteries inside. You can strain your mind to consider all the questions, or you can throw back your cares, like me, and indulge in the essential existential nothingness of it all.

much thanks to Mr. HAtfield

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Photo of sirdillon
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Received in a trade from noslenwerd, many thanks!

Nice reddish caramel color with a 3 finger fluffy off-white head. the head never completely dissipates, lacing is left around the glass. This is beautiful.

Not getting any rye here, but there is a pleasant sweetness that usually I only find is bourbon barrel aged beers. Kind of a vanilla/coconut type of malty sweetness. Maybe a bit of a grassy aroma as well.

Definitely on the sweet side of things, but very very well balanced with the hops. Has a complex tropical sugar/caramel/lightly toastiness to the flavor, with some hop bitterness and slight dryness in the finish. Really good, not getting a lot of distinct flavors from the hops, but the rest more than makes up for it.

Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Definitely coats my entire mouth with all of it's flavors and sweet goodness. Excellent.

Overall- I would've liked this to maybe lower the ending bitterness in the flavor, and perhaps let more of the hop flavors to shine through. All in all though, this is an excellent beer. I wish it were distributed here!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

red and clear, not very carbonated. not much of a head so kind of lacking in the looks department. its all uphill from there though...smells like raw hops straight from the vine. (cascade?) that's all i can smell, but it sure smells great. taste is hops forward but they dont stick around, which is fine because it allows the rye to come through a bit. nice and bitter but also smooth. very well balanced, soft and velvety. this might be my favorite of the beers i've had from 2 bros.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from pochmanm for my SNF week 17 winnings. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is a beautiful, rich, transparent, mahogany color that pours with a huge 3 finger+ soapy off-white head. The head eventually tames down to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

S-Nose is mild to moderate in strength with a citrusy hop character coming through the most...beneath this is rye and caramel malt.

T- Overall flavor, much like the nose, is mild to moderate in strength- but very good. Upfront is a balance of citrus flavor and rye bitterness. The finish gets a bit sweeter as hop juices, sugar, and bready yeast. A mild residual bitterness lingers on the far back of the palate as a mild sweetness lingers in the front.

M- Excellent. Mild to moderate carbonation with a medium weight very smooth, oily body.

D- This beer is great! My favorite rye so far. I am trying to take my time with it but find it disappearing fast. It has an excellent balance of sweet and bitter and superb mouthfeel. I'd drink this all the time if I lived where it was available. Would love to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber in color with a thick brown head. SLowly recedes and leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Very sweet aroma with light spicy rye undertones. Some citrusy hop aroma comes through as well.

T - Dry sweetness up front before being taken over by a citrusy hop bitterness. LIght tastes of grapefruit and lemon. A spicy lingers underneath but never reall y comes through to the front.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and a very dry feel.

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a nicely carbonated, hazed amber brown body topped by a two finger beige head. Excellent retention and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Big aroma of spicy rye, pine and grapefruit hops, and some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, with zesty carbonation.

Very tasty, with a spicy rye edge to a firm hops bitterness that is grapefruit and pine. A hint of chocolate adds to the caramel and toffee maltiness that balances so very well. Creamy and full flavored from beginning to end.

Excellent construction here has produced a very tasty rye ale that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a touch of rye malt.

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Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with a thick foam that laces in tan clumps.

S - Strong scent of spicy rye hits the nose. This is about as robust a rye beer has smelled. There is also a lingering smell of earthy hops in the background.

T - Fresh blast of rye and spicy herbs. The base of this beer is quite malty. Overall is comes off as a rich, full-flavored rye beer.

M - Easily sessionable, and with a punch. The rye & spicy notes stay with you for a while.

O - Easily my favorite rye to date. If you are looking to pack some kick with comfort food, this is a great option. I would make an effort to get this again. Thankfully its readily available.

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Photo of uberez8
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had (and often have) at the two brothers brewery after an exquisite tour. Was very excited to finally have it on tap, at the source no less and was more than pleased. Exceptional appearance and smell coming out, perfect reddish caramel color with a good sweet smell with a hint of rye and a nice two finger, foamy white head. The taste was even better, an intense citrus hop flavor at first followed by a sweet, smooth malt finish. Well balanced, neither too bitter nor too sweet with a good rye tone through out it. Can't recommend this beer enough.
I really do wish it was getting more attention then their Domain Dupage, which although almost as good, does not have the unique personality and flavor to itself like this beer does.

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Photo of Franchise
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a clear body leaving a thin white lace for a head. The smell is spicy hops, citrus, earthy bread tones, and finishes with a sugar cane taste that is very apparent. The taste is sweet, it starts with a bitter hop bite that is smooth and balanced with the cane sweetness and a cereal undertone this is a very interesting beer one that is easily one of my favorite rye beers. The combination of rye and hops is fantastic, I hope this brew is here to stay.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent initial head and lacing, but not exceptional. Smell is hoppy with some rye undertones.

Nice hoppiness with some pale maltiness and slight caramel undertones, some rye undertones as well. A nice beer. Very balanced. A delight.

Mouthfeel is decent. Not super full, but decent. This beer is very very easy to drink and very sessionable for a 68 ibu beer with 7 percent alcohol.

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Photo of Redrover
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber and as always with this brewery, you get a cool & informative label.

Poured into an imperial pint, the beer is a dark mahogany with a dense & clingy tan head.

The beer has a wonderful and appetizing aroma of pine, rye, grapefruit and caramel.

I really enjoyed this one. The hops are very prominent as you would expect from 65 IBUSs, but some sweet malts and that wonderful spicy rye nicely balance them. The brewer does a great job of hiding the 7%. The taste stays solid as it warns and if anything may become a bit sweeter. I would love to see more use of rye in beers.

The mouth is pleasantly oily with nice low carbonation. What an easy drinker, I hope the two brothers add this one to their everyday line-up.

I would love to try this on tap and/or cask. My new favorite from this brewery. Off to the store for more!!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and creamy crystal malt and rye scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's bitter with a bit of rye spiciness. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor that blends nicely with the crystal and rye malts. It's incredibly smooth and light for a beer at 7%. Rye is the new trend in brewing and I couldn't be happier. It's spicey flavor lends itself well to hoppy beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It's complex all the way through; a great beer!

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Photo of imagese
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/29/11. Purchased in Chicagoland

A- light ruby with a 2 finger head that fades to a thin layer and laces nicely

S- pine and citrus hops followed by bready malt sweetness

T- toasted rye followed by citrus hops. Pine hops and a roasted caramel finish off

M- medium body with nice carbonation. So smooth. If this wasn't so roasty, the mouth feel would be a little too thick

D- amazing. I forgot how much I really like this beer. Needs to be in SoCal ASAP!!!

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Photo of granite
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into an English pint glass. Thanks Dan

A---It poured a dark copper with a thin head.

S---Burnt sugar, molasses, floral hops and phenols.

T---Starts off very malty with toffee sweetness. Followed by spice from the rye malt contribution and citrus hops. It finished with slightly warming alcohol. I found it to be very delicious.

M---Medium to full bodied with a silky texture.

D---I wish I had access to this on a regular basis because it is amazing.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark amber color. Provides a nice 2 finger tan foam head with some spotty lacing.

S: Lots of rye bread, citrus hops, caramel and brown sugar. A little sweet and a little hoppy.

T: Starts of with a lot of rye bread taste. Very similar to Jim Beam Rye. In the middle, the sweet brown sugar and caramel comes through a bit, but there is still plenty of rye. On the back end the citrus and earthy hops provide a nice hoppy undertone.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Could use a tad less carbonation but that is being nit-picky. Leves a mild hop and gritty taste on the palate.

O: This is one of the better Rye Beers that I have ever tasted. If you enjoy any type of Rye, this is a beer for you.

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Photo of Goliath
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red, almost brown color with a thin coat of tannish head.

Aroma carries some good hoppy notes, showcasing some citrus and spice. Rye imparts a noticeable aroma.

Taste is good with flavors of rye giving a bready feel, as well as some citrusy hop that makes for a noticeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, good amount of carbonation.

Great beer

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 7/29/08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, deep amber color with a foamy beige head that left good lacing.

S - citrus hop aroma fills the nose.

T - sharp hoppy bitterness upfront with the balance of sweet malt following before the dry and bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D - very easy to drink, be aware of the abv.

Final Note: this beer is NOT retired, it's a limited-run seasonal and it's delicious!

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Photo of TTAmod
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/27/2012 best by date.

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Deep amber, clear, with a thin white head. Dissipates into a crown of lacing.

S: Gives off moderate rye, deep earthy hops, some pine, caramel...

T: Oh man...this one is good. The pine/earth hops are fairly strong for most of the taste. The spicy and sour rye takes over near the finish. There's a nice toffee malt undertone, as well. No perception of alcohol at all.

M: Slightly heavier than medium and super smooth.

O: My favorite rye beer and a prime example of the style. It has a nice dose of hops, which I like, and a nice dose of rye, which I also like. The mouthfeel is great, as well. Glad to have this beer super-local.

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Photo of Rayek
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I spent the first three years of my life in Warrenville, so this beer seems like the perfect candidate for review number 500. I had this cask conditioned at the brewery and came away very impressed.

A: Hazy copper with very little visible carbonation. A small cream cap is fairly dense and has nice retention. Leaves a very nice lace.

S: A powerful nose of citrus lets you know that this beer will be bitter. The rye is quite pronounced too. It adds a caraway seed like herbal twist to the mix.

T: Quite bitter. I'm not a hop-head, but I found myself liking this nonetheless. Grapefruit, lemon and a touch of pine constitute the bitter flavors. The rye adds a slightly sour earthy bite to the mix. Toasted bread flavors are along for the ride as well. Finishes with a long lasting citrus bitterness.

M: The medium body feels downright silky in the mouth. Very nice.

D: Maybe being in the city of my youth is skewing my numbers, but I must say that this is a really fine beer. I even brought a few bottles of it home with me. Hopefully it will be just as good out of the bottle as this cask conditioned sample was.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Amber with an inch of head that dissipated quickly.

S- Nice combination of sweet malt, rye, citrus, and a trace of hops.

T- At first the malt and rye provide a unique sweetness. This is followed by fresh, crisp taste citrus hops.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- I could drink this all day. Not overly sweet, and the hop presence is just perfect.

Overall, a very quality beer. Reminds me a lot of the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Trumpstylz
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer...deep mahogany... had it on tap at charlies ale house in wheaton. The roughly 7% alcohol is undetectable, probably because the distinct flavor of the summit hop covers it up. Fairly citrusy and slightly earthy/herbaly... this beer is one to be reckoned with.

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Photo of commis
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Crushedvol! Love getting bottles of stuff I've never heard of!

Beautiful ruby color, crystal clear with vigorous head formation. The head itself is an ivory color. Very pretty beer.

Smells...unexpected. Lots of tropical fruit and a bit of Grapefruit-type citrus. Very subtle maltyness that comes across mostly as grainy/cereal. A touch of fruity yeast. Very nice.

Tastes of the same tropical fruits but the malt kicks in on the palate. The rye is quite present but not overly dominant as with many rye forward beers. Very well balanced. This has the hop-fix of a west coast ipa but really brings in the malt in all the right ways. Superbly balanced and reminiscent of a very well made strong ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly thick, but the sharpness of the hopping along with the higher carbonation keep it lighter feeling. Just about perfect, really.

This beer is highly drinkable. Goes down easy and is substantial enough without becoming heavy. At 7% this is one that could be consumed all evening. very enjoyable. It encompasses about everything I look for in an easy drinking beverage. Can't stress enough the care taken to create pleasing balance in Cane and Ebel.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean reddish to deep amber color, with a tan head. In the aroma, hops, rye, and a sweeter malt. In the taste, sweet malt, dry rye, and some piney hops. A hoppy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye and pine hop aftertaste. Nice balance; hops to rye and sweet to dry. Real freakin' good!

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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